John D. Wilburn

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  • Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law, JD, 1996
  • East Carolina University, BA, 1993
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit

John Wilburn is an experienced first-chair trial lawyer who concentrates his practice in construction, land use and eminent domain litigation around the country.   

John represents all major constituencies in building-related projects, including public and private owners, engineering and design firms, construction managers, prime contractors and subcontractors, material and equipment suppliers, sureties and financiers, contractors, subcontractors, design professionals and sureties.  He litigates a variety of construction matters before all tiers of the state and federal court system, including bid protests, design defects, and acceleration and delay claims.  John also regularly advises clients on a variety of complex and challenging projects involving energy plants, hospitals, prisons, industrial infrastructure, shopping centers, and residential developments.  Representative projects include industrial facilities such as the Maersk APM Terminal in Portsmouth, Va.; the Richmond Conference Center; Home Depot facilities; and the Alexandria Sanitation Authority Water and Wastewater Treatment Facility.

In addition, John regularly litigates complex and challenging land use and development issues for a variety of clients, including private developers, lenders, and several municipalities and government entities.   He has litigated hundreds of eminent domain matters for utility companies, municipalities, and landowners in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.  . 

John also has substantial experience in a wide range of complex business litigation matters.  He has served as lead counsel to defend several high-stakes commercial claims for business and financial services clients.  

John is a frequent speaker and author on various topics in the areas of construction and land use litigation.

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John D Wilburn
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T: +1 703 712 5372F: +1 703 712 52301750 Tysons Boulevard
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Tysons, VA 22102-4215

Listed as a Client Service "All Star," BTI Consulting, 2015

Named to "Legal Elite," Virginia Business, 2010, 2011

Named to "Virginia Rising Stars," Construction Litigation, Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2009, 2010

Presenter, "Protecting Pipelines from Encroachments: Legal and Business Strategies," CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo, March 2017
Presenter, "Successful Condemnation Actions: Avoiding Them and How-to Keep Landowners Happy if You Have to Use Them," Electric Transmission in the East, McGuireWoods, CLE International and Natural Resources Group, September 2015
Presenter, "Industry Issues Roundtable Discussion," Southern Gas Association Annual Conference, July 2015
Presenter, "Excavation Contracting: Reducing Liability and Litigation Risk," 2015 CGA Excavation Safety Conference & Expo, March 2015
Presenter, "Condemnation Trends in the Post-Kelo World," Southeastern Electric Exchange Annual Conference & Trade Show, June 2014
Presenter, "Construction Claim Management: Handling Disputes and Avoiding Claims," Prince William County Sanitation Authority, March 2014
Presenter, "Construction Claim Management: Handling Disputes and Avoiding Claims," Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority, February 2014
Presenter, "Construction Claim Management: Handling Disputes and Avoiding Claims," Alexandria Renew Enterprises, January 2014
Presenter, "New Trends in Condemnation Claims," Southern Gas Association Conference, July 2013
Presenter, "Renovation Contracts: From Design to Occupancy," Hilton Worldwide, Inc., July 2013
Presenter, "Acquisition of Land Rights Through Negotiation or Condemnation," Legal Roundtable at the Southern Gas Association Operating Conference, July 2012
Presenter, "Real Estate Tax Assessment Challenges," Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Fall Conference, 2012